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Power steering reservoir repair, warning to all!

Discussion in 'Z3 Roadster & Coupé' started by Cooper, Oct 1, 2014.

  1. Cooper

    Cooper Zorg Guru (IV)
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    My 2.2i power steering reservour was leaking from underneath as they do so I set out to pull it out, clean it up, and reclamp the hoses underneath. It is a relaively easy job but beware!!!!!

    The radiator overflow line travels accross the air filter/intake and the shiny black part that zigzags back to the overflow bottle is brittle. I barely touched it when liberating it from the little snap in clip area and the line broke! Be warned, I highly reccomend that if you want to do this job unclip the hoses where they exit the radiator and enter in the overflow reservoir and take the whole line out as one piece very very carefully.

    To temperarily fix the issue I bought some new radiator hose and cut up the broken brittle line to use as a joiner, just securing it on each end with two worm screw clamps. It looks good but I will order a new part from somewhere. The stealers want aud$80 for a new one in Germany but I am sure I can get it cheaper somewhere else.
     
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  2. GazHyde

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    At which point did it break? At the end or in the actual hose itself?

    I have a sneaky suspicion that @Susan had a similar issue and used copper piping to replace it. I could of course be very wrong on that!
     
  3. David Cullen

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    was it old and brittle anyway? did you maybe save yourself a further job or being stuck on the side of the road with no tools....
     
  4. Cooper

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    Not sure as it seemed to be in good condition but it is made of a plastic that was probably heated and shaped in that shape. It could also be that years of hot water going back and forth crystallised it. When I get a new one I will be able to compare the two and advise.
     
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    When you said this, it reminded me of something that happened to me. Like you said, being stuck with no tools. I had the tools, its just where I got stuck with a flat. I hadn't had a flat in years. When I did get one, it wasn't on some little country road, it was at the center point of the Walt Whitman Bridge going into Philly at rush hour. At the top of the bridge you're a mile from either end. Nothing like holding up 20 or 30 thousand cars. I had to drive on it to the bottom of the bridge, shredding the tire doing so. Just a lot of fun. Frankie
     
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    Frankie, what time does "rust" hour start?? lol JIM
     
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    You have just done a bonzo Jim.........;)
     
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    Are you morphing into Bonzo Jim. I'm getting worried about you. :)
     
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    No, only Bad Boy morphs bonzo, if that is the correct spelling.......?.......cake anyone?
     
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    Not too worry, just letting Frankie know I'm only human and when I make a mistake I admit to it.
     
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    So did I Jim, when I got divorced........
     
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    Love it, more cake.......
     

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